Date Established: 1/8/2011
Date Last Updated: 12/8/2016
Facilities; Health and Safety
Vice President for Finance and Administration
University Facilities will make every effort to ensure that campus roads remain passable for emergency vehicles throughout the snow removal period.
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) will make every effort to ensure that all campus roads remain passable for emergency vehicles throughout the snow removal period. This is always the first priority. Final snow clearing curb to curb may be performed later in the process, but initially roads must be kept passable.
University Police call the Chilled Water Plant. The Chilled Water Plant engineer dispatcher calls a Grounds Supervisor.
Snow removal in parking lots is more difficult and time consuming than roadway snow removal.
The list below details priority access sites. These areas are maintained on a continual basis and have priority as high as campus roadways. This plan is intended to provide orderly and prioritized methods to fight most snowstorms. Each storm will present different problems. The on-site grounds supervisor may need to continually adjust the plan to achieve the most benefit from the personnel and equipment available at the time.
|North Campus||Access Point |
|Capen||Northwest entrance (parking on Putnam Way in front of Capen) (N)|
|Clemens||West entrance (parking on west Putnam Way adjacent to building)|
|Cooke||Southeast entrance (parking on the south side of Putnam Way and north face of Hochstetter A parking lot)|
|Furnas||Southeast entrance (parking in Furnas lot southeast corner)|
|O'Brian||Southeast entrance (parking on the south side of Putnam Way adjacent to O’Brian)|
|Student Union||Southeast entrance (parking on Putnam Way at east side of building)|
|South Campus||Access Point |
|Abbott||West entrance (parking near southwest corner of building)|
|Hayes||Rear east entrance (parking on the south side of Crosby)|
|Kimball||East upper entrance (parking in McDonald lot)|
|Sherman||South glass enclosure entrance (parking in small lot on south side of building)|
|Squire||Northwest entrance (parking in the south Squire lot face)|
During winter months, university parking lots and roadways are inspected on a continual basis by University Police. When snow or ice removal is required, University Police contact the Chilled Water Plant, which is staffed around the clock.
The Chilled Water Plant engineer makes contact with the Grounds crew from Facilities Operations to clear snow or salt icy areas. The staff available to remediate the snow and icy conditions varies by the day of the week, and hour of the day. When adequate staff or resources are not available, call-in procedures are implemented to bring appropriate resources on campus to deal with the weather situation.
Many of the situations faced by the grounds crews are influenced by the time of day that the storm hits, the day of the week, or time of the year. We are also mindful of the fact that residence hall occupancy, ADA, class sessions, and general university business dictate a varying degree of response. A period of high level of activity, with classes in session and full residence hall occupancy, dictates a higher level of response than would be required during periods of time when there are no classes scheduled and residence halls are lightly occupied.
|December 2016||Updated the policy to specify the following: |
|July 2014 ||Updated the Responsible Executive to reflect the current organizational structure.|